Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Abuse Information


Regardless of age, students are not permitted to possess, consume, or distribute alcohol on campus, including in residence halls or at any IW sponsored events.

Drunken behavior is unacceptable as it does not align with the mission and values of Iowa Wesleyan University.

Students found in violation of the alcohol policy, specifically in possession of alcohol, will be required to dispose of all alcohol present during an incident at the time of the incident.

Zero Tolerance:

Being in the presence of alcohol, regardless of possession or consumption, is considered a violation of the alcohol policy.

If a student will not comply with a directive to allow a search, an alcohol sanction will be applied.

See “Code of Conduct, Section 18 for other IW policies regarding use of alcohol.

Alcohol Search Guidelines and Sanction Guidelines

Residence Life staff will search a room for alcohol when one or more of the following criteria is present:

  • Visible alcohol
  • The smell of alcohol
  • Intoxicated behavior
  • Someone is vomiting or showing other signs of alcohol poisoning
  • Noise, sounds, language associated with alcohol
  • A reliable complaint of the presence, consumption or distribution occurring

A search of alcohol consists of looking in the following locations within the room/suite:

  • Student rooms
  • All refrigerators
  • Closets
  • Bathrooms
  • Under beds
  • Any other location deemed necessary for review by a Residential Life staff member.

Alcohol Sanctions:

Recommended Sanctions include but are not limited to:

  • First violation: $100 and Education
  • Second violation: $150 and Education
  • Third violation: $200 and a possible room change or removal from campus housing. See residence hall contract termination for additional information.

Communication with Parents / Legal Guardians and athletic coaches is always possible due to concerns of health and safety associated with alcohol consumption.

Alcohol and Other Drugs Intervention and Treatment Policy

The policy of Iowa Wesleyan University reflects the belief that alcohol and other forms of drug addiction are serious illnesses which are usually preceded by a history of substance abuse with inappropriate and destructive behavior patterns. In view of this, the University is committed to assist any member of the student community whose behavior shows signs of alcohol/drug abuse or addiction.

This policy is established to provide the means for the University to identify and refer students who suffer from alcohol or other drug abuse or addictions to treatment alternatives.

Intervention is intended where alcohol or other drug use is a contributing factor in one or more of the following:

  1. Disruptive and/or nuisance behavior
  2. Excessive intoxication
  3. Civil or criminal offenses
  4. Destruction of property
  5. Non-attendance at class
  6. Deterioration of academic performance
  7. Sexual assault or harassment in which alcohol or other drug use was a factor

Where alcohol or other drug abuse is suspected, any interested party having first-hand knowledge of the situation or event in question may refer the student to the Office of Student Development, wherein an informal assessment on the merits of the referral will be made. If the assessment suggests further action, every effort will be made by that office to encourage voluntary cooperation on the part of the student with the intervention and assessment processes recommended by the University. Should treatment alternatives be proposed by professional/evaluation staff, the University would make every effort to encourage voluntary cooperation on the part of the student.

Students, who by their behavior, are uncooperative, or who so request, will be granted an informal hearing to review the assessment recommended by the Office of Student Development. The hearing, should it be required, will focus on the specific behavioral and/or “use” problems that have been observed and reported. The student will be given an opportunity to respond to these reports, after which the Vice President for Student Development or his designee (Assistant Dean of Students) will make a final decision as to whether a formal assessment/evaluation for substance abuse by a substance abuse professional is required.

The student’s failure to attend the hearing, or to follow through with the formal assessment/evaluation (if so required) or any subsequent treatment recommendations made by a substance abuse professional, will result with the student being withdrawn from classes at Iowa Wesleyan.

Re-entry into the University will be permitted only upon successful completion of substance abuse treatment and establishment of an ongoing recovery program such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.

When, in the judgment of a staff person, a student is transported for medical attention or monitoring in response to alcohol or other chemical use, the involved student will be responsible for any costs incurred.

Health Risks Associated with the Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Alcohol is the most abused drug in society as well as on university campuses. Alcohol is directly involved in many injuries, assaults and the majority of deaths in people under age 25. Other commonly abused illegal drugs include marijuana, cocaine, stimulants, hallucinogens, depressants, narcotics, steroids and inhalants. Legal drugs such as caffeine, nicotine, over- the-counter and prescription drugs also have wide use and associated health risks.

Health risks of using alcohol or other drugs include both physical and psychological effects. The health consequences of drugs depend on the frequency, duration and intensity of use. For all drugs, there is a risk of overdose. Overdose can result in coma, convulsions, psychosis or death. Combinations of certain drugs, such as alcohol and barbiturates, can be lethal.

The purity and strength of doses of illegal drugs are uncertain.

Continued use of substances can lead to tolerance (requiring more and more of a drug to get the same effect), dependence (physical or psychological need) or withdrawal (a painful, difficult and dangerous symptom when stopping use of drugs). Long-term chronic use of drugs can lead to malnutrition, organic damage to the body and psychological problems. The risk of AIDS and other diseases increases if drugs are injected. The consumption of alcohol or drugs by pregnant women may cause abnormalities in babies. For more information about the risks associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs, individual may contact the Director of Student Engagement, or Counseling Services office.